Alvar Aalto Architect

Alvar Aalto  Architect

Alvar Aalto Architect

Alvar Aalto remains Finland’s greatest architect, retains his place among the Modern Masters of twentieth-century architecture and is now recognized internationally as one of the world’s greatest architects of all time. For Finland, Aalto, through his architecture, furniture, glassware and sculpture, contributed perhaps more than any other Finn to the creation of the cultural identity of the new independent Finland and its promotion around the world. His Finnish Pavilions in Paris and New York from the Thirties placed Finland centre-stage, establishing its identity as a modern, innovative country and generated huge interest in this northern land of lakes and forests. He went on to work in 18 countries around the world, as well as designing many of Finland’s most important buildings of the 50s, 60s and 70s. This new biography of Aalto is the first to comprehensively cover his life, from the backwoods of Ostrabothnia to international fame and all of his buildings, from the early alterations and extensions to shops and houses in Jyvaskyla to Finlandia Hall. It draws on Aalto’s archive, recollections of former employees and contemporaneous publications to fully explore Alvar Aalto the architect, rather than simply Alvar Aalto’s architecture. For the first time, his life is set in the context of the events that surrounded and shaped it - the Finnish Civil War, the Great Depression, The Winter and Continuation Wars, the post-war boom in education, Finland’s industrialisation and eventually the social revolution of the 60s which led to his characterization as a member of a Finnish elite and temporary unpopularity. It covers his life from his childhood, growing up in regional Jyvaskyla and Alajarvi, his architectural studies in Helsinki, combat in the Civil War through to the founding of his first office, his early neo-classical work and his international breakthrough with the completion of Paimio Sanatorium and Viipuri Library. It deals with his personal life, his marriage to Aino, what working life in his first office was like, the architectural competitions, his key friendships and continuous financial difficulties. As his career progressed, it explores the patrons who were so important to him - the Gullichsens and the founding of Artek, his new American friends, professorship at MIT. After the war, the death of Aino, marriage to Elissa and the period of his greatest architectural achievements - Saynatsalo Town Hall, Otaniemi University and Imatra Church. It considers the organisation of his new office in Helsinki, his expanding team, fame and eventually vanity. The book seeks to understand what drove him, the combination of skills, talents and character traits, which led to his extraordinary global success. As you will be aware, there is no shortage of books on Alvar Aalto, or to be more precise, there is no shortage of books on Alvar Aalto’s Architecture. (Only one previous biography exists, published first in 1984 and now out of print). This book is about an architect and his architecture, written by another architect, not an architectural historian. It is the first, frank and fully-comprehensive biography of Alvar Aalto.

Alvar Aalto Architect Vol 5 Paimio Sanatorium 1928 33

Alvar Aalto Architect Vol  5 Paimio Sanatorium 1928 33

Alvar Aalto Architect Vol 5 Paimio Sanatorium 1928 33

This "is a 28-volume set of monographs of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's (1898-1976) architectural and planning works. This series of books, which presents about five hundred built or unrealised designs, will be the most comprehensive work on Aalto's architectural output. Published by the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the Alvar Aalto Academy, written by experts, and including hitherto unpublished original material and new photographs, the monographs offer a penetrating view of Aalto's life"--V.6, Inside front cover.

Alvar Aalto Architect

Alvar Aalto  Architect

Alvar Aalto Architect

This "is a 28-volume set of monographs of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's (1898-1976) architectural and planning works. This series of books, which presents about five hundred built or unrealised designs, will be the most comprehensive work on Aalto's architectural output. Published by the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the Alvar Aalto Academy, written by experts, and including hitherto unpublished original material and new photographs, the monographs offer a penetrating view of Aalto's life"--V.6, Inside front cover.

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

With the full cooperation of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, Goran Schildt has explored its archives, and some 20,000 letters, memoranda and contemporary newspaper cuttings as well as many building models, to ensure that every work is included in this volume.

Alvar Aalto Architect University of Technology Otaniemi 1949 74

Alvar Aalto  Architect  University of Technology  Otaniemi  1949 74

Alvar Aalto Architect University of Technology Otaniemi 1949 74

This "is a 28-volume set of monographs of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's (1898-1976) architectural and planning works. This series of books, which presents about five hundred built or unrealised designs, will be the most comprehensive work on Aalto's architectural output. Published by the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the Alvar Aalto Academy, written by experts, and including hitherto unpublished original material and new photographs, the monographs offer a penetrating view of Aalto's life"--V.6, Inside front cover.

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

Perhaps no other great modern architect has been linked to a native country as closely as Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). Critics have argued that the essence of Finland flows, as if naturally, into his quasi-organic forms, ranging from such buildings as the Baker House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to iconic 20th-century designs, including his Savoy vase and bent-plywood stacking stools. What did Aalto himself say about the importance of nationalism and geography in his work and in architecture generally? With an unprecedented focus on the architect’s own writings, library, and critical reception, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen proposes a dramatically different interpretation of Aalto’s oeuvre, revealing it as a deeply thoughtful response to his intellectual and cultural milieu—especially to Finland’s dynamic political circumstances following independence from Russia in 1917. Pelkonen also considers the geographic and geopolitical narratives found in his writings. These include ideas about national style and national cultural revival, and about how architecture can foster cosmopolitanism, internationalism, and regionalism. Expanding the canonical reading of Aalto, this work promises to influence future inquiries on Aalto for generations to come.

The Alvar Aalto Guide

The Alvar Aalto Guide

The Alvar Aalto Guide

Alvar Aalto, the Finnish-born, influential protagonist of the Modern Movement, is internationally renowned for his elegant manipulation of form, light, and material, as well as his rich synthesis of vernacular, historical, and organic references. The Alvar Aalto Guide showcases over 100 of Aalto's built works, which are located throughout Scandinavia, Europe, and the United States. The numerous photographs and plans of each project are accompanied by Michael Trencher's detailed texts. Trencher, a professor of architecture at Pratt Institute, is a noted Aalto scholar. Among the buildings he presents are Turun Sanomat Office Building, Syntsalo Town Hall, Villa Mairea, Finlandia Hall, and Baker Dormitory at MIT. Like all the guidebooks in our series, The Alvar Aalto Guide contains practical as well as historical and descriptive material. Heavily illustrated, the guide provides maps, directions, addresses, references for further reading, and resources for architectural touring in Finland. Additionally, it is prefaced by a trio of texts: an overview of Aalto's youth, education, and professional years; an informative essay on Finland's cultural history; and a fascinating introduction, entitled 'Decoding Aalto.' Together, Trencher's three essays form an essential and instructive lesson on Aalto's aesthetic and its influence on modern design.

Alvar Aalto Architect The Aalto house 1935 36

Alvar Aalto  Architect  The Aalto house  1935 36

Alvar Aalto Architect The Aalto house 1935 36

This "is a 28-volume set of monographs of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's (1898-1976) architectural and planning works. This series of books, which presents about five hundred built or unrealised designs, will be the most comprehensive work on Aalto's architectural output. Published by the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the Alvar Aalto Academy, written by experts, and including hitherto unpublished original material and new photographs, the monographs offer a penetrating view of Aalto's life"--Volume 6, inside front cover.